Meet the Executive Committee

Corbin Schneider, Verde Design, Inc.

President. Term expires: 2018

As a kid, I liked putting things together with my hands. When I was in junior high school, my dad started an irrigation business, so I installed irrigation for him – perfect for someone with busy hands. As a landscape architect, irrigation design satisfies my urge gather all of the parts and put them together around the irrigation for a great landscape product.

This business is particularly prone to spontaneous regulation. The stricter regulations become, the more opportunity they create for future irrigation professionals. Anyone working with water resources needs to stay current and be available as a resource. ASIC plays an important role in influencing and communicating new water trends or policy.

When I attend chapter or national ASIC meetings, I’m sitting in the room with my competition and it’s the only place I can rub shoulders and not keep secrets. I can call any one of the members and I’ll get a straight answer. Society members are a support system like no other. There are no egos or generation gaps. We’re an enormous resource to one another.

I am excited to be stepping into the role of President of ASIC. This organization has provided so much for the industry, me and our firms practice. I want to give back even more than I have received. My goal is to be a proactive advocate for each member, whatever the level of membership. We are in changing times and we need to not only keep up with updated and new codes, standards and technologies, we need to be involved in creating them. ASIC provides an incredible platform with many opportunities to get involved and be supported. So, let’s work together to make a positive difference in the irrigation industry and the world around us.

Michael Krones, Hydro Designs, Inc.

Vice President. Term expires: 2018

I took the same path to serendipity in finding my place in the irrigation profession. After earning my Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering in 1989 I took a temporary assignment at a local turf and irrigation equipment store while looking for a “real job.” There, I re-wired controllers, serviced pump stations and dabbled in irrigation design. Within months I had enough clients to call myself an irrigation consultant! I incorporated my irrigation consulting firm, Hydro Designs, in 1992 and went on to develop a vision, defining the company as a landscape water management consulting firm—not simply an irrigation design company. This philosophy parallels the mission statement of ASIC, making my role on the executive committee an easy and natural place to be.

I believe the future of ASIC is in continuing to educate the public and encourage the judicious use of water in the landscape. We need to reach owners, operators and associated design professionals with the message that ASIC Professionals embody the expertise and the commitment to help maintain a strong and healthy water supply. I hope to leave a positive mark on the organization through my efforts in finding ways to expand the reach of our collective message.

I first joined ASIC over twenty years ago. I saw ASIC as an ideal pathway for my continued professional growth and a way to give back to the profession. I have especially enjoyed the many opportunities to interact with other committed irrigation consultants—both professionally and socially. ASIC, with its outstanding roster of members, continues to be an excellent resource for me.

Stacy Gardner, Irrigation Consulting, Inc.

Treasurer. Term expires: 2018

I grew up around golf and worked on golf courses when I became old enough. This was back in the day when I would accompany a plumber to repair pipe breaks, valves and heads in a normally open hydraulic irrigation system. The irrigation business has come a long way since.

I have more than 35 years of irrigation experience in both golf and landscape irrigation design and the most gratifying part of any job is when I see it all working properly. My work in golf irrigation design and layout, pump system design, and electrical system design demands knowing the latest developments.

ASIC offers cutting-edge education for topics and issues our members face, through its conferences, website and membership. We help each other whenever we can. We are ambitious professionals working hard to stay at the forefront of irrigation. By better defining ourselves and creating bridges with other industries and organizations, we can use our expertise to shape the irrigation industry.

We all have to be involved to forge our professional future – or others will step forward and do it for us. That means continually educating ourselves and the public about the value and virtues of water in the landscape. ASIC can improve your people, your practices and your profitability.

Janet Luehrs, Brookwater, Inc

Secretary. Term expires: 2018

I started my career in the landscape/irrigation industry in 1975 when I worked for my husband’s landscape contracting company. I did the bookkeeping and helped with some field work. He opened a landscape design company in 1986, at which time I started designing his irrigation plans and drafting the landscape plans. All of our drafting was done by hand back then. In 1990 (at the height of the recession), our business was not doing well and I decided to look for an outside job. Ann Runley asked me if I would be interested in working for her irrigation design company (Brookwater) which she started in 1987. As the recession was not improving, we decided to relocate to Tucson Arizona where my husbands family is from. I worked for a non-profit company and then for a mechanical company doing cost estimating. After returning back to California in 1994, Ann asked if I would like to come back to work for her. From then on I was hooked! I fell in love with all aspects of irrigation design. Ann has taught me so much over the last 20 years. I am so grateful to have landed into this great career. I am now in the process of purchasing the company from Ann, who will be retiring.

I received my IA certification as an Irrigation Designer (CID) in 2008 and as a landscape water auditor (CLIA) in 2010. I am also on the Horticultural Board for Diablo Valley Community College.

When I decided to join ASIC in 2010, little did I know how involved I would become in the industry and the organization. I am the current President of the ASIC Northern California Chapter, a board member on the National Board, and am currently working on several committees.

Steven Hohl, Water Concern, LTD.

Past President. Term expires: 2018

I’m a technical guy and wanted to be an engineer. While pursuing my degree, I worked for a landscape architect and began to appreciate the artistry of creating outdoor spaces. I was astounded by some of their projects, but knew I didn’t possess that style of creativity. Irrigation enabled me to become heavily involved in part of this business.

But this business is challenging on several levels. Irrigation is often seen as nonessential and inefficient because malfunctions and poor design are so visible to the public. Consequently, we see water-use policies formulated with only partial understanding of the problem so many decisions are made that constrict our ability to provide solutions to save water.

For our members – and the irrigation industry – educational opportunities are paramount, and ASIC’s annual conference absolutely is raising the level of knowledge in this industry. Our educational sessions are unmatched, but the real magic of ASIC happens when I sit at a table with my colleagues and talk about projects, and we collectively come up with solutions.